* Posts by David Nash

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ARM chip OG Steve Furber: Turing missed the mark on human intelligence

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the non-computability of conscious thought...

Well, we can't know whether that is right or not without doing the research.

It doesn't help much to "subscribe to a view" without showing that it is either correct, or not.

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No, the FCC can't shut down TV stations just because Donald Trump is mad at the news

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Re: @terra

@Peter Gathercole

Good, considered and measured comment. I'd like to see an appropriate reply from the Trump-defender(s) on here, but I fear I will not.

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Re: Fake News award to shawnfromh

Candidate for FOTW?

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Re: Hyperbole

"Is "Left wing" the new phrase for anyone you dont like now?"

I don't think that's particularly new. It's convenient and doesn't require thought. Like calling them "commie".

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Release the KRACKen patches: The good, the bad, and the ugly on this WPA2 Wi-Fi drama

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Mushroom

Summary

So have I got this right?

- I need to patch: My Wifi AP / Router(s) (using the term Router to mean Router-with-AP)

- Every device that might connect to them

and if I miss one or two devices then my network is as good as hacked?

What chance do we have?

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

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Re: All aboard the gravy train…

"But I can in no way think that this deserves of a representative of her person burned"

Burning an effigy of someone is in no way suggesting that the person should be burned.

It doesn't affect them at all. Your statement suggests she would suffer from this, if it happened.

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WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Re: Security is dead, long live security

There will clearly be unpatched devices out there pretty much forever. There are shedloads of old models that are never going to be updated.

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"This is a client side vulnerability not AP side"

So why does the article say, "Resolving the security problem is likely to involve applying security update to routers"

It's not clear to me where the vulnerability lies (I appreciate it's not a s/w bug but a problem in the spec).

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: They seek him here...

"General Atomics MQ-1 Predator first and quadcopters second"

For headlines like "IS commander killed by drone hit" yes, it's most likely not a quadcopter. But for "Drone hits commercial passenger plane" it's going to be a quadcopter, no?

Context is key.

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Re: Now it can be told...

"...switching the wallpaper to an image with the desktop icons on it"

Yes as gskr mentions below, that is a classic. I remember doing it on Windows 3.1. Even better if you mirror-reverse the image beforehand.

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Judge says US govt has 'no right to rummage' through anti-Trump protest website logs

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Re: This one should be on *everyone's* radar.

"3) DOJ hunting down users of website"

This is the real 1984-like scary thing. Especially if they wanted details of visitors, rather than (or as well as) registered users.

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Dear America, best not share that password with your pals. Lots of love, the US Supremes

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Re: Oh really.

"Oh great, I can stop paying my mortgage and it isn't illegal. Sweet! Of course I shall use you as my legal reference for this."

It's a breach of contract. A contract is not the law. You won't get prosecuted for breaching a contract but you might get sued in a civil court.

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Star Wars: Big Euro cinema group can't handle demand for tickets to new flick

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Re: SPOILER ALERT!!!!

Ah, I didn't think "access to a screen" included going to the cinema.

I too saw BR2049 but they didn't show me the Star Wars trailer.

I would have thought that anything in the trailer would be regarded as not a spoiler, since the makers would assume that everyone has seen it.

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Re: Nothing new

I don't remember if they call them "handling" or "booking" charges, but there is nothing to handle these days, they just give you a bar code on screen. Always worth screenshotting just in case the email confirmation goes bad.

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Re: SPOILER ALERT!!!!

"You really think anyone with access to a screen is going to manage to avoid seeing the trailer before release date do you?"

Easy - don't click on the trailer.

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'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto

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Re: Gravity pulls things down.

"Noʇ poʍu ɥǝɹǝ ᴉʇ poǝsu,ʇ"

Yes, your down is just the other way than mine...from the point of view of an outside observer!

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Re: Gravity pulls things down.

Gravity *does* pull things "down" because that's pretty much what "down" means.

OK on a sufficiently large scale and from an outside observer it does other things, but locally, yes, it pulls things down.

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NASA readies its asteroid warning system for harmless flyby

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Re: Are you sure?

"Though technically they don't need one for brown"

Yes that was the joke. Why do some people persist in explaining other people's jokes?

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+1 for UTC. Especially as it's an astronomy-related story.

You really do yourselves no favours (translation for the author: favors) by using local units especially in a scientific context.

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Microsoft silently fixes security holes in Windows 10 – dumps Win 7, 8 out in the cold

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Re: switching to linux

"Then how will you play games like WoW which are PC-only? Or the likes of Overwatch that prohibit cross-platform gaming? You're willing to give all that up?"

Why are you presuming which games he wants to play? And anyway, he did say "Going to miss PC gaming", so the answer would seem to be yes.

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: Audio jack

"why didn't they provide a magnetic connection for 3.5mm jack devices"

You mean "why didn't they replace the 3.5mm jack with yet another incompatible non-3.5mm-jack connnector?"

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Re: Please translate:-

It must be Thursday.

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Spanish has a perfectly good word "Dentro" meaning "inside". If Google is good enough it should be able to figure out that "in the box" translates to "dentro de la caja" not "en la caja".

Subtleties around use of "I" or "you" is possibly more difficult and fraught with danger.

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Support team discovers 'official' vendor paper doesn't rob you blind

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Re: What have you fixed with sticky tape?

Fixing Tape with Tape.

Yes, I used to do the same. I even had a special little plastic block that you could put the ends onto to cut them properly with a razor blade.

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Re: Common English words with very different meanings.....

It's exactly the same as freeways and road traffic. A route between two places, be they on the network or on a physical road - presumably pronounced differently in the UK and US/OZ.

Like many other things. Tomatoes anyone?

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Dumb bug of the week: Apple's macOS reveals your encrypted drive's password in the hint box

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Re: Indian...

Nope, just a typo or simple mistake - used the password value rather than the hint value.

The real problem was not testing properly to catch this kind of thing.

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Australia approves national database of everyone's mugshots

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Laws of Mathematics

Wow...we've all rolled our eyes and complained at Rudd and May's lack of understanding etc. but that is so explicit.

What was he thinking?

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Nothing matters any more... Now hapless Equifax bags $7.5m IT contract with US taxmen

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Re: Nothing matters any more...

Good luck finding a "better species".

Any dominant species will be the same. Natural selection will ensure it.

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Dropbox thinks outside the … we can't go there, not when a box becomes a 'collection of surfaces'

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Vogon poetry

I am surprised that didn't get more upvotes, given that, at the time I am writing this, it has been there for 4 hours!

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Patch your Android, peeps, it has up to 14 nasty flaws to flog

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Re: And people mock me

"I just don't trust it to run apps. They always ask for too many permissions. Don't have that problem with iPhone"

I too had a Sony phone a few years ago, it was very good.

Provided you get apps from the authorised Google Play Store they are almost certainly not malware. And you can refuse individual permissions for apps nowadays. Unlike with Apple, if I understand correctly.

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Computers4Christians miraculously appears on Ubuntu wiki

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Re: Direct link to Deity

"Source: an episode of depression several years ago and very nearly topped myself. It was only the local priest who would take time and talk to me."

I am sorry for your depression and glad you were helped. But I would say it's a very edge case for claiming that supernatural forces exist just in case belief in such can help people in that way.

If religion didn't exist, you could just as easily have been helped by a rational humanist for example.

If the guy who had helped you had believed in a different God than you, say he seriously appeared to believe in the old Norse gods, would that have helped and justified such belief?

To be clear: some of the effects of religion can be helpful on occasions but that does not mean that religion is the only way of achieving such effects; nor does it mean that all effects of religion are beneficial.

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"While many open-source advocates might appear to be on a mission from God already, these ones

literally are"

Literally? From God? so you know He/she/it exists?

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Bad news! Astroboffins find the stuff of life in space for the first time

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Re: Bah!

But at least the Freon is up there out of harm's way, rather than in our atmosphere enabling ozone depletion.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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Re: If they only were trying to solve actual problems...

"blacks are let in into higher education only to fail the courses and end up with huge debts."

Did you really just say that? "let in"?

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" instead of improving the salary of my female colleagues up to a comparable salary to those obtained by male staff, the company was proudly boasting about efforts they were making to persuade young women to apply for a job in the company"

These two approaches are targeting two distinct issues. The first addresses pay disparity, while the second addresses the number of male vs. female employees.

They could reasonably be expected to do both.

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Smartphone SatNavs to get centimetre-perfect GNSS receivers in 2018

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Location services

"Weary smartphone owners who find themselves choosing between location services and battery life privacy"

Fixed that.

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Twitter to upgrade from micro-blogging to milli-blogging with 280 chars

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Re: Why

When the most [in]famous current world leader is particularly known for his attachment to Twitter, and this article is about Twitter, why would this not be at least partially about Trump?

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Shock: Brit capital strips Uber of its taxi licence

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GMB / Kahn

If the reasons given were not solid you might have a point. However they are, so you don't.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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Re: Optional

School requiring iPad?

That's outrageous. At least using Google Drive or something only assumes internet access, which is pretty much a given these days, although still a liberty, in my view.

Sounds like selection by the back door.

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Mobe reception grief turns LTE Apple Watch 3 into – er, a dull watch

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Re: The article is wrong about iOS Wifi and Bluetooth.

"Also what's with the reenabled at 5am nonsense? What's so special about 5am."

You got there before me. That's what I want to know.

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Downloaded CCleaner lately? Oo, awks... it was stuffed with malware

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@Hans1

On that link you posted MHP etc... the writer (Ken Blake) responds to a commenter asking what he should be doing, if not running a reg cleaner:

"But there are many things you can do in this regard that are

completely safe. For example, you can run Disk Cleanup and do all of

the choices there. No problem and it gets rid of some things you don't

need, thereby saving a little (usually very little) disk space.

Similarly, you can run CCleaner, which does a lot of the same things,

perhaps a little more thoroughly. CCleaner is safe to use, as long

as you don't use its registry cleaning functionality, which is not

safe."

Interestingly he also recommends Avast, amongst other things.

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Noise-canceling headphones with a DO NOT DISTURB light can't silence your critics

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Re: Whilst I've toyed with the idea...

These:

https://aftershokz.co.uk/

Are supposed to be good for cycling. Never tried them myself.

We've drifted a bit off topic, since they are the exact opposite of noise-cancelling though.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Re: Cats are neither a solid nor a liquid. @Aladdin Sane

Re. Also Douglas Adams...

He would have loved Mobile Phones. I was thinking the other day what would he have made of the feature of modern life where everyone* getting in a lift is looking at their phone?

*Except me - I was holding my phone but looking at the other people looking at their phones

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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it’s not the end of the mission?

Hmm, I heard the controller announce live on Nasa TV "end of mission".

We know what you mean though. There's a fabulous legacy of science and more data to work with.

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'All-screen display'? But surely every display is all-screen... or is a screen not a display?

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Re: Say what you mean and mean what you say

"Family membership is pretty clear in the minds of everyone who isn't trying to take the piss. It means parents and children. Not a pair of adult brothers"

Why should that be?

Many people who are close to their siblings, or parents with grown-up children may be keen to get discounts on things like gym membership, online services (eg. Spotify, Amazon Prime) and so on.

Think of it like a discount for bulk, or for recommending to family members. Also allowing sharing of accounts between related people is handy.

Anyway gym membership for children? How many kids do you see in the gym? I bet they make a fortune in fees for children that hardly ever use the facilities.

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Re: Playing with fire, Dabbsy?

"> Also many iPhones are used in Hifi or speaker docks

They *were* used widely in speaker docks. These days a Chromecast Audio can be had for twenty quid and, like the ubiquitous television IR controller does for TVs, allows you to control the music from anywhere "

The annoying thing about this is that you need to have the power-hungry TV screen on just to listen to music.

What happened to audio-only streaming players? I love my old Roku Soundbridge but it's getting a bit long in the tooth.

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US government sued by 11 pissed-off travellers over computer searches

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Re: "People of color"?

Now you're being #ffffff-ist!

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London Tube tracking trial may make commuting less miserable

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Re: Non-Londoner (Or Indeed British) Question

Presumably in your city the length of the journey does not affect the price charged.

In London it does, so you touch in and touch out and the system knows where you entered and where you exited and consequently the length of the journey (zone-based) for which it has to charge you.

Same applies when using contactless payment cards on London underground. You have to touch your payment card again when you leave and it figures out how much to charge.

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Re: New signage

People smile for a variety of reasons: they are experiencing pleasure; they are having an enjoyable conversation; they are greeting someone known or unknown, they are watching/listening to something enjoyable or humourous for example.

Which would apply to the "Smile" sign suggested for the tube?

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Re: One thing I always failed to understand....

"Because London Underground offer free, fast, reliable Wifi to pretty much everyone on the tube"

I have seen the ads for Virgin Media wifi and assumed that since I was not a VM customer I wouldn't get this.

Or at the very least I would have to register with them to get it.

Am I mistaken?

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